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Molinaro Calls For “Other 57” Debate Before Cuomo/Nixon Primary

Debate Snub Another Symptom of

Cuomo’s Disregard for Upstate, Long Island


New York–Aug. 31…New York gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro today called on Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon to agree to a televised “Other 57” debate before the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Thursday, September 13. “Other 57” refers to the 57 counties across New York State that were ignored in this week’s pre-taped, one-hour, and highly air-conditioned gubernatorial forum between Ms. Nixon and Mr. Cuomo that focused almost entirely on New York City issues.
“There are 62 counties in New York State — not just five — and the millions of New Yorkers who live in them deserve the attention of the major party candidates,” Mr. Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive said. “I get that Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Nixon are city-centric, but their debate felt like a slap in the face to a lot of struggling families around New York. People in the suburbs and upstate matter just as much as those in New York City. It didn’t feel that way from the stage at Hofstra.”
He added, “The debate could have been an episode of ‘Sex in the City’ with Brooklyn hipster Miranda running for mayor against a corrupt Queens clubhouse incumbent.”
Mr. Molinaro said that what Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Nixon decide will tell non-New York City voters everything they need to know about the priorities of the two Democratic candidates.
“Long Islanders, northern suburbanites, and upstate New Yorkers are sick and tired of being an afterthought to New York city centric politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon. The debate was a reflection of this much larger problem: the concerns of millions of New Yorkers being ignored year after year. I will fix that as governor,” Mr. Molinaro said.
“There is plenty of time to arrange another debate,” Mr. Molinaro said, “and I’m certain a television network would snap at the chance to host it. I’m committed to serving all of New Yorkers – not just the five boroughs.”